- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Crown Forum (August 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400081920
- ISBN-13: 978-1400081929
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,793,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hollywood Nation: Left Coast Lies, Old Media Spin, and the New Media Revolution Hardcover – August 30, 2005
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Advance Praise for Hollywood Nation
“Jim Hirsen’s keen sense of the entertainment industry and its warped outlook, along with his take-no-prisoners style of writing, is enough to send Streisand, Sarandon, and Penn into therapy for weeks.” —Laura Ingraham, nationally syndicated talk radio host and bestselling author of Shut Up and Sing
“Hollywood Nation exposes the sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant liberal spin employed by so many in the entertainment industry to push their leftist agenda and anti–free market bias. Reading this book will let you go to the movies and watch with vaccinated eyes.” —G. Gordon Liddy, nationally syndicated talk radio host
“Jim Hirsen understands the overwhelming power of celebrity. You will too after reading Hollywood Nation.” —Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online
“This readable, eye-opening book makes an important contribution to the debate on media bias by focusing on the more subtle, unexpected, and utterly gratuitous means that Hollywood too often employs to transmit its political messages.” —Michael Medved, author, film critic, and nationally syndicated talk radio host
“The Hollywood Left operates in a sort of Twilight Zone of political insularity, cultural arrogance, and intellectual vacuity. Hollywood Nation lays bare all of the hypocrisy, self-absorption, and ill-informed points of view that drive the entertainment industry—and its powerful influence over American politics. Before you go to your next movie, read this book!” —Monica Crowley, MSNBC and WABC Radio host
About the Author
James Hirsen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tales from the Left Coast. He writes the popular weekly NewsMax.com column “The Left Coast Report” and regularly discusses Hollywood and politics on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, PBS, and Bravo and on radio programs across the country. Now a professor of law, Hirsen formerly played keyboards for the Temptations. He lives in southern California.
NewsMax.com is America’s leading Internet source for news from a conservative perspective, receiving more than five million unique visitors every month.
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Hirsen makes his most telling points when he reviews the well-documented failure of Air America to encroach on the turf of talk radio. He scores additional points when he recounts the embarassing meltdown of Dan Rather who even today insists that if the documents purporting to prove that George Bush was absent from duty during his Air Force reserve days were forged, then the possibility that they might have been true is just vindication for his claims. I had a problem with Hirsen's inserting interviews with media stars, not all of whom had much to say that was germaine. I also wondered why he spent so much time with Gibson's PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Still, most of Hirsen's thesis held water. The Hollywood elite does exist, it does spin the news, and it chooses to blur the distinction between learning the news and being entertained by it. HOLLYWOOD NATION is a recommended text for those who still think that the major media presents the news in a fair and even-handed manner. It does not and Hirsen tells the hows and whys.
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